From MLive’s Ansar Khan:
Ken Holland will return as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings next season, with or without a contact, a source told MLive.
Holland’s future has been in question from the start of the season because, unlike previous years, he wasn’t extended prior to the final year of his contract.
But ownership has decided Holland, the GM since 1997, should head the rebuilding job the franchise faces after missing the postseason two years in a row, following a 25-season playoff streak.
It is unclear whether an official announcement will be made before the end of the season, but some clarity was expected before the team gathers for photo and locker cleanout day, shortly after the season finale on April 7.
Ken Holland is expected return as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings next season, the Free Press has learned. It’s unclear how the contract will be structured.
“He’s going to be back as the GM,” a person familiar with the situation told the Free Press on Tuesday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Wings, who will miss the playoffs for the second straight season, have not addressed Holland’s future..
Holland, reached by phone on Tuesday, did not say if he will return next season.
“Two weeks from today, there’s going to be a cleanup day and a team picture day and the media is going to be focusing on the ’18-19 season and who is running the team, who is making the decision and what is the plan,” Holland said. “I know in the next 10 days, the answer to all your questions will be settled.”
Update: From the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan:
Ken Holland will return as Detroit Red Wings general manager next season, a source familiar with the organization’s plans told The Detroit News on Tuesday.
The source requested anonymity because the team has not made a formal announcement regarding its leadership plans for next season.
Head coach Jeff Blashill is likely to return to the Red Wings, the source told The News.